When most people (read: Republicans) think of feminsim, they undoubtedly conjure up an image of a hairy, bra-less, au naturale mega beast that uses every public outing to preach about women’s rights and the like. Â Thankfully, Zooey Deschanel has come up with the perfect analysis of the crazy conundrum surrounding modern-day feminism and shares them in the February issue of Glamour magazine:
Iâ€™m just being myself. There is not an ounce of me that believes any of that crap that they say. We canâ€™t be feminine and be feminists and be successful? I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?
I’m not a religious woman, but my first reaction to this statement was “Can I get an A-MEN?” Â I fucking love fucking Peter Pan collars! Â I shave my arm pits and Â put on makeup and wear a bra (at least until I get home from work, then I happily free-boob it the rest of the day), but that doesn’t mean I don’t identify with or actively support feminism. Huzzah! Â Someone finally said it out loud. Â So many famous women shy away from the ideology of feminism as if it’s got the worst case of cooties in your preschool class. Â Don’t believe me? Â Read this. Â And this.
She also went on to express her frustration with the unhealthy weight standards Hollywood actresses make themselves live up to.
Women I admired growing upâ€” Debra Winger, Diane Keaton, Meryl Streepâ€”were all beautiful and thin, but not too thin. There are a lot of actresses who are unhealthy-skinnyâ€”much, much too skinny.Â Iâ€™m a very small person, and if I lost 15 pounds, Iâ€™d look like them; itâ€™s scary. For young girls, what does that say? You need to look this way to be successful? Thatâ€™s not true. You do not need to look or be anorexic to be successful in Hollywood. The range of whatâ€™s acceptable is larger than what people believe.
Honestly, I always appreciate it when a successful, down-to-earth female celebrity gets real about the weight issue in Hollywood. Â I do. Â But sometimes I find it difficult to take seriously because it’s usually always women who are also very thin and attractive who talk about it. Â Though I do wish this was a conversation that happened more often and that more famous women had Zooey’s courage to be honest.
In other news, why isn’t there a “fucking Peter Pan collar” meme yet?